Hiking The Sand Ridge Lake Trail

The 71st most popular hiking trail in California.

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Northwest of Truckee and north of Soda Springs in the Tahoe National Forest, the Sand Ridge Lake Trail is a 6 mile route.

To reach the hiking trailhead from US80, use the Castle Peak Area / Boreal Ridge Road Exit (west of Donner Summit Roadside Rest Area). On the southside of the highway, there is a sign for the NF trailhead. Follow the directions on the sign turning east for 0.4 miles to the trailhead.

Head north on the PCT from the trailhead for 4 miles to the Peter Grubb Hut. Turn northwest on the Sand Ridge Lake Trail for 1.5 miles to the lake. Return via the same route.

Overall, Sand Ridge Lake Trail is the 71st most popular hiking trail of all 88 hikes in California. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Sand Ridge Lake Trail including Loon Lake South Shore Trail, Ellis Peak / Ellis Lake and Mount Lola Trail.

Sand Ridge Lake Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Tahoe National Forest (530) 587-3558; California Tourism (916) 444-4429

Recommended Book:  "1,000 Best Hikes In California" from Tom Stienstra

Best Season:  Jun. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  The Squeeze, Truckee

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe/

Date Published:  12/26/2015

Date Updated:  7/5/2016

ID:  17448

Sand Ridge Lake Trail Hiking Map


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